So it was a warm Saturday here in Melbourne. Lu and I went to agility training and did a very half-hearted session. She does not cope well with the heat, my girl, even when I brought her an exciting new toy – a squirter bottle filled with water! She was perplexed as to where the water was coming from, though her tail was doing its slow, thoughtful wag so maybe she liked it a bit.
Anyway, then Penny and I went to the beach and because it was sunny I put my camera on its fastest shutter speed (4,000) and got to see what it could do… and I’ll say, I got more photos non-blurry than usual. The blurry ones were because it hadn’t focused in the right place, but in general it was quick to focus and seemed to not blur the dogs once in focus, even if they were coming towards me. So maybe there’s promise for the camera yet.
I have discovered that in regards to dog photos I:
– really really like photos of dogs running, most particularly at the point where all 4 legs are jumbled up together and off the ground, and when they’re stretched out really long. When the front feet hits the ground they tend to get an ugly face on.
– also really really like photos of dogs pushing out of the water majestically.
-find photos of dogs licking their noses or generally sticking their tongues out overly amusing.
-find photos of dogs making weird faces because they’re getting splashed in the face highly amusing.
So, below, you’ll find many of the above photos, and also some others that I felt summed up the walk in all its glory.
Some artistic effects for your viewing pleasure. I think this photo speaks to our inner nature of being isolated on an island and yet, constantly within view of the shore and, in essence, ourselves as a whole. Hmm. Deep.
My two happy fools.
Lumen’s intense and splashy water face. Nic’s comment: “she looks like a spastic seal”
I found that so many of the photos of dogs in water not only featured dogs leaping majestically out of the water like unicorns, but also the less majestic back of Badger’s head.
I also noticed that in many of my photos that Badger would be seen to be going the OPPOSITE WAY to everybody else. he’s a special boy.
Loner whippet. Standing on the beach like a loner.
Hahaha, look at Pan’s face.
So much mayhem
Prancing like a majestic stallion.
Chase the whippet!!!
Pan’s turn to leap a stick.
2 dogs hot on the heels!!!
Oh god, Look out Lumen…
AUSSIE SHEPHERD BODY SLAMMMMMMM
Look at Mallei’s leap!!! He’s so spunky.
MAJESTIC WATER LEAPING!
Multiple sighthounds. The best amount of sighthounds.
EVERYONE CHASE THE WHIPPET!
Mallei showing that, despite what I say, he IS an Aussie Shepherd and CAN do the Aussie shepherd gait!
The happy prancing pose you see above is very well known. Usually one can observe it when she has just stolen a toy, sock or glue-stick lid in the classroom.
A few months ago that would have been a huge monster leap. Look at her go!
Hahahahaha, look at how she’s holding the stick. What a dork.
Any second now and the stick will be HERS!
Javelin taking a moment to contemplate life and the mysteries of being a ninja.
There’s so much going on in this photo that I’m not sure where to begin.
More water prancing…
Oh God! Whippet hot on the heels!
This photo makes me laugh because it kind of looks like Javelin wants to sexually harass Lumen and she’s running away.
Canter like the majestic stallion you are, Javelin!!
Happy running Lumen dog…
The 3 dogs who thought Penny could actually throw and so took off down the beach…
All the dogs veering to come get the ball…
Sighthound vs. herding dog…
There’s my happy beach dog…
Penny realising she can’t actually throw, as I suddenly have a pack of dogs bearing down upon me because she basically threw the ball AT me…
A couple of Badger’s running…
And now for another 7 photos of Lumen’s full-speed running at the beach